[caption id="attachment_22767" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images[/caption] All the action from the Divisional Round recapped for you! What a great day of football, blowing up the somewhat lacklustre Wild Card Round with some big surprises and outstanding plays. Baltimore Ravens 38-35 Denver Broncos The Baltimore Ravens caused a major upset as they stunned the Denver Broncos and their expectant crowd at Mile High stadium 38-35. Peyton Manning threw an interception 14 minutes into overtime and was made to pay as Justin Tucker nailed a 49 yard field goal to seal the upset victory. That the game even reached overtime was a miracle, as Joe Flacco hit Jacoby Jones with a 70 yard bomb in the final minute of regulation to tie things up. The Broncos jumped out of the blocks when Trindon Holiday returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown making it 7-0 before Peyton had even set foot on the field. The game was then turned on its head moments later as the Ravens put up 14 points in 42 seconds. First Joe Flacco took advantage of his great pass protection to launch a 59 yard bomb to Torrey Smith and then a missed pass interference call allowed Corey Graham to return an interception for a touchdown and a 14-7 lead. With fans and players alike shell-shocked by that sequence of events, Peyton steadied his side leading them 74 yards in 11 plays, capping the drive with a 15 yard touchdown pass to Brandon Stokely to tie it back up at 14-14. Manning was starting to take control of the contest, showing no ill effects from the cold weather, throwing another inch perfect pass to Knowshon Moreno to cap of an 8 play 86 yard drive to regain the lead. In the final minute of the half the Ravens hit back to level 21-21 as Joe Flacco again connected with Torrey Smith, who was torching Champ Bailey, this time for a 32 yard score. The second half began explosively as Trindon Holliday became the first player in playoff history to return a kick-off and a punt for a touchdown when he ran back the opening kick to jump out to a 28-28 lead. In a game full of flags and controversial calls there was a big surprise when the tuck rule was not applied to a Manning fumble midway through the third quarter. That fumble gave the Ravens great field position and Ray Rice, who was becoming an increasing factor, ran one in to level it again at 28-28 heading into the final quarter. With momentum shifting and the Ravens defence starting to get on top, Manning again showed great composure to drive his side 88 yards concluding with a 17 yard screen pass to a previously quiet Demayrius Thomas for a touchdown. In response Joe Flacco drove his side to the 25 but drops on third down from Jacoby Jones and fourth down from Dennis Pitta saw them turn the ball over on downs. They would get one more chance as the defence stopped the Broncos to force the punt with 1.20 left on the clock. Joe Flacco would seize that chance as he lobbed a deep ball to Jacoby Jones for a miraculous 70 yard touchdown. Rahim Moore and Tony Carter were to blame for the terrible blown coverage given the situation of the game. An extra point later and the game headed into overtime. The key moment of overtime came on the Broncos second possession as Manning attempted an uncharacteristic throw across his body on the run which was picked off by Corey Graham. It led to a field goal attempt which Tucker nailed and ensured the Ray Lewis show rolls on for another week.
Green Bay Packers 31-45 San Francisco 49ers In the late game, a Colin Kaepernick-inspired San Francisco smashed their way past the Green Bay Packers and into their second consecutive NFC Championship game. The first year starter upstaged the reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers by throwing for 263 yards, rushing for 183 and scoring four touchdowns, two rushing and two thrown, on route to a 45-31 victory. The 49ers started with the ball but it was the Packers who opened the scoring when Sam Shields made a big play and had a 52 yard pick six on Colin Kaepernick to give them a dream start to the game. Kaepernick immediately made amends and settled his playoff nerves by taking his side 80 yards down the field and taking off for a 20 yard touchdown run to level the scoring. After being forced three and out on their first possession the Packers offence got rolling on their next one as Rodgers launched a 44 yard bomb which was caught spectacularly by James Jones down at the 20. The next play Dujuan Harris sliced through the vaunted 49ers run defence for an 18 yard score to restore the Packers lead. Last year the victims of a fumbled punt, this year the 49ers would be the beneficiaries as Jeremy Ross fumbled one in the red zone to set up a 12 yard Kaepernick touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree as the points kept flowing. The Niners ability to capitalise mistakes proved vital, as they turned a Rodgers interception into seven more points, with Crabtree latching onto a 20 yard touchdown pass with five minutes remaining in the half. Aaron Rodgers shook off the turnover in typical style and he needed just six plays to drive 80 yards hitting James Jones for a 20 yard score to tie things up again 21-21. A lead field goal from the David Akers would restore the Niners lead as time expired in the first half. After an early field goal from Mason Crosby to tie the game, things began to turn drastically. Colin Kaepernick was gashing the hapless Packers defence with the read option. They appeared helpless to deal with it as he took off on a breathtaking 56 yard touchdown run. At this stage of the game he had 12 carries for 163 yards and two touchdowns. The next drive he hit Vernon Davis for a 44 yard pass on an eight play 93 yard drive that ended with Frank Gore running it in for a 38-24 lead. The success of the read option allowed Gore to become more of a threat, suddenly he was tearing the Packers defence apart too and jumped to 119 yards from 23 carries, A 7.54 minute, 11 play, 93 yard drive that finished with a two yard Anthony Dixon run made It 21 consecutive points and sealed the victory for the Niners. A garbage time touchdown from Rodgers to Greg Jennings helped bring some respectability back to the scoreboard as it ended 45-31, but it could not hide how one sided the second half had been. The win sets up a home clash with either the Seahawks or a road trip to Atlanta depending on tomorrow's result. For the Packers, it is two years in a row they have been thumped in the postseason and some serious questions will be asked in the offseason. Especially of Dom Capers and his defence. More recaps to follow after the Monday games!